Anarchopterus criniger

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
SyngnathidaeAnarchopterus criniger(Bean and Dresel)1884Fringed Pipefish

Anarchopterus criniger

Unique Characters: Lateral ridge curves down at anus. Snout short. Fleshy tabs on head and body. Anal fin absent. Three spots on trunk.

Similar Species: Opossum Pipefish Microphis lineatus. Lateral ridge curves down at anus. Snout long. Ridges strong with spine at each ring.

Microphis brachyurus
Opossum Pipefish – Microphis lineatus

Reference: Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray. 1986. A field guide to the Atlantic Coast fishes of North America. The Peterson Field Guide Series. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 354 p.